UK Black Pride has announced the theme of its annual protest and celebration following the success of its record-breaking event last summer.

On 20 August, it will return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, where it took place in 2022.

In honour of the event’s 18th anniversary, this year’s theme will be ‘legacy’.

It serves as a nod to almost two decades of progress, which has resulted in the world’s largest celebration of Black and POC LGBTQ+ people.

“UK Black Pride has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 years and we are so proud to have continuously given the community a space and platform to live and love unapologetically,” Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, said.

“Legacy is the best way to describe the balance between looking at the last 18 years and looking forward to the next 18.

“We want our communities, on a collective and also an individual level, to think about the legacy they want to leave behind and how we can continue to move to a more inclusive future”.

UK Black Pride is free to attend and organisers will announce the performers and sponsors in due course.

Last year’s UK Black Pride was the “largest Black Pride in the world”

Last year’s UK Black Pride to be held in person since 2019 after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 2020 and 2021’s being moved online.

More than 25,000 people attended, which organisers said made it the “largest Black Pride in the world”.

The day saw performances from artists such as Emeli Sandé, Sadie Sinner and Gok Wan, with Dréya Mac delivering a show-stopping headline set.

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Also present was Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney, who told GAY TIMES that the massive turnout made her “feel really humble”.

Those in attendance were treated to a number of stalls from community-focused groups and organisations, such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, Tonic Housing and NHS Barts Health which was administering free mpox vaccinations.

The theme of ‘power’ was at the core of UK Black Pride last year, something which organisers explained was a way to “honour the power our communities continue to wield to ensure that our communities are defended and supported, loved and protected.”